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  • Dayton Chamber celebrates excellence in the community

    Michele Smith|Nov 14, 2019

    DAYTON-The Dayton Chamber's Community Choice Award for 2019 Citizen of the Year was presented to Liz Carson, for the decades she has spent researching and documenting Columbia County history. Ginny Butler presented the award to Carson at last week's Chamber Awards Banquet saying, "I'm really excited to be able to give this award to this person, who has dedicated decades of her life to researching and documenting Columbia County History." Butler said Carson's research spans over a one hundred...

  • Waitsburg Parks & Recreation levy passes; Chapman, Chabre voted in to Waitburg & Prescott School Director positions

    Tracy Thompson, The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    WAITSBURG—Pam Chapman narrowly defeated incumbent Randy Hinchliffe for the Waitsburg School Director position #5. Chapman received 51.91% of the vote total, while Hinchliffe drew 46.81%; there were three write-in votes. Chapman stated, “I was completely surprised and very pleased to hear I received majority support for the position on the school board. And I would like to thank the Waitsburg Community for that support . I am ready to help in any manner necessary to continue maintaining a successful school district, with our unified team of tea... Full story

  • Dayton voters say yes to Mayor Weatherford and Dain Nysoe on the city council

    Michele Smith, The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    DAYTON—Zac Weatherford will serve a four-year term as Dayton’s mayor beginning on January 1, 2020, according to unofficial results from last week’s general election. Weatherford received 66.49% of the vote with 490 votes cast to Delphine Bailey’s 179 votes, and write-in candidate Cindy John’s 68 votes. Dain Nysoe had a solid lead over Cara James for Dayton City Council Position # 4 with 60.67% of the vote, but Position #6 is too close to call, according to staff in the county auditor’s...

  • Veteran Day Photos

    Nov 14, 2019

  • Veteran's Day in Waitsburg

    Nov 14, 2019

  • Pioneer Portraits

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    Ten Years Ago November 19, 2009 Odako Club was organized in October 1949, as a Jr. women’s Confederated Group with 12 charter members. Odako is an Indian name meaning friendship. Charter members included: Elizabeth Abbey, Sherrill Conover, Peggy Cresswell, Betty Jo Donnelly, Janice Dunn, Barbara Heron, Muggs Keve, Elsie Mock, Velma Sickles, Betty Stanley, Mary Tenney and Betty Webber. Amity Art was the sponsoring club. Today’s active membership totals seventeen, which includes two charter members: Sherrill Conover and Velma Sickles. Photo cap...

  • City Council victor Dain Nysoe encourages participation, discourages reliance on social media for information

    Nov 14, 2019

    To the Editor: First of all, I would like to thank the voters in Dayton, for turning out during our recent elections. Our participation was the third highest in the state. During the local campaigns for Mayor and City Council members, there was an endless amount of false information posted on social media. False accusations, misleading or erroneous information, did not afford the public the necessary and factual information they needed, prior to casting their votes. This demonstrated that social media is not the most reliable source of...

  • Weatherford thanks supporters

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    Dear Editor: Thank you so much to all the voters and supporters who helped me along the way to win this election. I couldn’t have done it without you. I’m excited to move forward with serving this community and continuing to work on improving Dayton. Along my campaign trail, I have had the opportunity to speak with many of the residents who live and work here and who have given me insight on what concerns our community. I have been in contact with the various entities that serve the people and continue to fuel our city with great res...

  • Make time for giving

    Tracy Thompson, The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    With the cold weather comes an array of options to help those less fortunate. You can start assembling your 12 Days Box, by adding a shelf-stable non-perishable item to your box once a day for 12 days to donate to the Waitsburg Resource Center’s food bank. One can also sit down with your loved ones and do a little holiday charity shopping. Think about what local nonprofit agencies you already support. Do you spend your Friday evenings at the Mythical/Moveable Blue Mountain Blue Grass Jam? Like to go swimming here in Waitsburg? Consider d...

  • WWCSO

    Nov 14, 2019

    October 16 Deputies investigated a burglary in the 500 block of Second Avenue. Burbank, WA. November 4 Deputies investigated a theft in in the 100 block of Opal Avenue. Prescott, WA. November 5 The RP called to report that his cell phone was taken in the 300 block of Grain Terminal Rd. The phone had been found and the subject who has the phone will not return it. A man was arrested for driving with a suspended license on the 2000 block of Isaacs Ave. Walla Walla, WA. November 6 A subject turned himself in on a warrant on the 300 block of Alder...

  • BIRTHDAYS

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    November 14: Ellie Bartlow, Bert Aylward, Corrine McKinley, Wally Bird, Ariel Wood, Linda Henze, Willie Hobson, Randall Hinchliffe, Sydney Eng. November 15: Dorne Hall, Ellsworth Conover, Jan Eastman, Mike Duckworth, Jule Presler, Jonathon Lambert, Eric Maki, Mariann Baumann, Clarence Wiseman. November 16: Trina Cole, Dee DeVaney, Robert Hartwell, Ann Sehmel, Clifford Hermanns, Aaron Foster, Mans Hofer, Hilary Logemann, Desiree Delp. November 17: Patrick Estes, Marvin Klundt, Ray Small, Muriel Hamilton, Shelly Jones, Nicholette Filbert, Joann...

  • Providence St. Mary Medical Center donates $15,000 to Trilogy Recovery Community

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    WALLA WALLA—Providence St. Mary Medical Center has donated $15,000 to the Trilogy Recovery Community for its work helping individuals recover from substance misuse and addiction. Trilogy offers counseling, support groups, classes, supportive services and referrals for adults and youth, as well as their family members. The funding was from the Providence St. Mary Mission Committee. The Mission Committee directs donations targeted at improving the health of the community, with an emphasis on improving immunization rates, aiding youth at risk a...

  • Sherwood Trust seeks next Chief Executive Officer

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    WALLA WALLA—The board of directors of Sherwood Trust seeks a dynamic organizational and community leader to partner in building on its significant philanthropic and community development achievements. Danielle Garbe Reser, CEO of the private nonprofit philanthropic organization since 2015, will leave her post in January. In continually honing its grantmaking focus and community support strategies, the Trust has earned a reputation as an innovative and invaluable resource for organizations and coalitions addressing the needs of disadvantaged p...

  • GET Program Open Enrollment

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    OLYMPIA—Washington State’s GET (Guaranteed Education Tuition) program is now open for a new enrollment period, providing families a fresh opportunity to start saving for future college costs while their children are young. The 2019-2020 enrollment period runs through May 31, 2020, with a unit purchase price of $121. As a 529 prepaid tuition program, the state of Washington guarantees that a family’s GET savings will keep pace with in-state tuition and state-mandated fees. While GET account values keep pace with in-state tuition, benef...

  • Adult Protective Services announces new centralized phone number

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    OLYMPIA—The Department of Social and Health Services’ Adult Protective Services has a new centralized intake phone number to receive all reports of suspected abuse, neglect, self-neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. The new phone number is 877-734-6277 and will direct all callers to staff located in Lacey. “Previously, we’ve had three separate phone numbers that related to our different regions of the state,” said Kathy Morgan, APS Director. “Centralizing intake streamlines the process for callers. Additionall...

  • Columbia Pulp wins excellence in development finance project award

    Nov 14, 2019

    The Washington Economic Development Finance Authority in Seattle, WA recently recognized the Columbia Pulp I project for their excellent use of financing tools for economic development. Columbia Pulp I is a wheat straw-to-paper pulp facility in Starbuck, WA. Much farmland in the Palouse region generates extreme wheat growth density, which means post-harvest wheat straw exists in quantities too large to effectively till back into the soil. A large amount of wheat straw represents a significant regional waste issue. A significant portion of that...

  • Walla Walla Soap Company, locally sourced and made

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    Walla Walla Soap Company owner and creator Lyndsey Krueger had her wares for sale at the 3rd Annual Blush Holiday Open House and Waitsburg Holiday Mingle last Wednesday. Her handmade soaps come in a lovely variety of scents including the fan favorite lavender, as well as blueberry thyme, oatmeal, milk and honey, grapefruit, bergamot, and ginger. She sources her ingredients locally, whenever possible, purchasing goat milk from Yellowhawk Creek Hobby Farm, and her honey and beeswax from Klickers....

  • Blue Mountain Regional Trails Plan stakeholders receive 2019 Smart Communities, Smart Partnership award from Gov. Jay Inslee

    Michele Smith, The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    WALLA WALLA-The Blue Mountain Regional Trails Plan has garnered the 2019 Smart Communities, Smart Partnership award from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. Over thirty stakeholders were on hand to celebrate at the Walla Walla County fairgrounds Pavilion. Roughly ninety people crowded the Pavilion to hear Commerce Director Dr. Lisa Brown, and Dave Andersen, Managing Director for the Commerce Growth Management Services Unit, talk about the significance of the award and recognize all the...

  • Women were Columbia County Extension Agents, too

    Michele Smith, The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    DAYTON-Dayton resident Carol Anderson was also a county extension agent, in the Dayton Office. Anderson said she wasn't the only female county agent, here. Rosealee Boyd, and Faye Rainwater served before she did and Cathy Lyman, served after she did. There were other women who served as county home extension agents, for shorter periods of time, she said. "They were generally fairly young women, out of college. A couple of them were married and their husbands had jobs that coordinated down...

  • New Fire Commissioner sworn in

    Tracy Thompson, The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    Walla Walla—Columbia County Fire district #2 held a meeting of the commissioners on Wednesday, November 5th at the Fire Hall in Waitsburg. Commissioners in attendance were Deb Fulton, Jake Long, Bruce Abbey, Jim Hickman, and Randy Farley. Acting Fire Chief Colton Mohney, Clerk Anne Higgins, volunteer firefighter Matt Spring, Columbia County dispatcher Ashley Spring and incoming commissioner Randy Charles were also in attendance. Amidst the regular business for the District, Waitsburg resident R...

  • New book celebrates Washington's literary heritage

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    PULLMAN—Written to spark interest in and celebrate the Northwest’s literary heritage, a new essay collection, Salmon Eaters to Sagebrushers: Washington’s Lost Literary Legacy, has just been published by Washington State University (WSU) Press. Author Peter Donahue hopes readers will share his delight in discovering these early novels, memoirs, and poems about the Northwest. Based on his popular, long-running Retrospective Review column in the Washington State Historical Society journal Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, Donah...

  • Friends of Dayton Library add AED to Delany room

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    DAYTON-The Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library (FOL) is pleased to announce the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which is now installed at the library. The purchase was funded in part by a donation received by the FOL from the Broughton Land Company, along with proceeds from recent FOL book sales. The AED unit is installed in the Delany room to ensure availability to all building users, even when the library is closed. The library AED is the latest unit to be placed withi...

  • Bluewood Ski Area guest appreciation month - your chance to win lift tickets

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    If you’re a member of the Bluewood Text Club, you have 40 chances to win a free lift ticket in the month of November—and 10 days beyond! Bluewood’s Guest Appreciation Month is November, but this year it will extend partway into December—for a total of 40 days. Why? Because this year Bluewood turns 40! So, each day in November—and for 10 bonus days into December—they’re giving away one Bluewood lift ticket, good for a full day of lift service any day they’re open during the 2019-20 season....

  • Sen. Maureen Walsh won't seek re-election

    The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    OLYMPIA—State Senator Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, is announcing she will not seek re-election to her seat, but will complete the last year of her term, which ends Jan. 11, 2021. Walsh’s impending retirement will mark the end of a long and productive career in Olympia. Walsh started as a legislative assistant to Rep. Dave Mastin, R-Walla Walla, in 1993, and took his place in the House in 2005. After six terms in the House, she ran for an open seat in the Senate in 2016. Walsh said, “It is wi...

  • Out & About: Waitsburg FFA has a busy time in Indiana

    Beka Compton, The Times|Nov 14, 2019

    WAITSBURG-Six Waitsburg FFA members, dressed in their official FFA dress, jumped on a 5:00 a.m. flight from Walla Walla to Chicago last Monday. The students were headed to Indianapolis for the 92nd National FFA Convention, to represent the Waitsburg Chapter. From staying at an upscale hotel in Chicago, to participating in the National Day of Service, the members were busy! The attending members wanted to share their experiences with you. "Chicago was a lot of fun," FFA Advisor Nicole Abel said....

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